ALVAREZ WING ‘VICTIMS’ WANT TO JOIN INDAY SARA’S HUGPONG
HNP GROWS IN STRENGTH AS DESERTION HOUNDS PDP/LABAN
By ROGER M. BALANZA
Davao del Norte local officials lured by ex-Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez to join the Alvarez Wing are sending ‘surrender feelers’ in a bid to join Hugpong Ng Pagbabago (HNP).
This developed as the ranks of the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino/Lakas ng Bansa (PDP/Laban), of which recently ousted Alvarez is secretary general, suffers from dehydration with its members leaving the party in a massive exodus.
The Alvarez Wing, an independendent bloc inside PDP/Laban, was organized by Alvarez, before he was replaced as Speaker in a July 23 coup by former President now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Arroyo, as a local vehicle for his reelection in Davao del Norte’s First District congressional post in the 2019 mid-term elections.
Alvarez lured members primarily on the basis of his promise of millions of pesos in development funds if he remains the Speaker and wins his reelection in next year’s polls.